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How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 12:54 pm

I'm planning a trip to LAX next winter just as I did this year and I'm looking forward to again flying on the mighty 747-400.

However, this time I'd prefer to fly on the upper deck. Yes, I know some say they prefer it down in the front of the lower deck as it's supposedly very quiet, but this time I'd love to go up there.

Anyway, I plan on flying either LH from FRA or BA from LHR - what are my options to fly on the upper deck? No, I don't have any preferred status on either airline. Could this be done at all without having some sort of a preferred customer status?

Thanks!
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 2:40 pm

Well, there is only one way to guarantee upper deck on LH. That is too fly First Class, as upper deck is exclusively first class.

With BA you would have to buy a business class ticket, and when you do, you can make a choice of seats (either by calling their reservation center) or, IIRC, choose it online.

There is no preferred customer status for the upperdeck with LH and BA, just class of travel (although customer status would be required if you plan on upgrading).

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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 4:52 pm

After some research it seems the best (and cheapest) option is NZ LHR-LAX as they have a Premium Economy seats on the Upper deck.

I've checked prices for early next year and the RT ticket costs only around 995 eur, which is a real bargain!

If anyone else has any idea please let me know. Thanks!
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 5:46 pm

If you just want to fly in a 744 upper deck without paying a first or business class fare, fly somewhere where AF uses the 744 as the upper deck on AF is economy class, and much better than the main deck as the 60 seats upstairs have 34 inch pitch with plenty of legroom, 2 or 3 inches more than the main deck. I flew GVA-YYZ-GVA on AF via CDG about 3 weeks ago and both transatlantic flights were 744s. I selected seats in the upper deck both ways and they were my best Y class longhaul flights in years. Service was very good, and even AF meals were better than average. The fact that the load factor was very low helped. Everyone in the upper deck had 3 seats to themselves.
 
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 5:53 pm



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
If you just want to fly in a 744 upper deck without paying a first or business class fare, fly somewhere where AF uses the 744 as the upper deck on AF is economy class

Thanks for the tip. Sadly I don't really have time to just fly around. My options are limited to Australia in January and California in early March next year.

Of course, YYZ on AF might become an option with an onwards flight YYZ-LAX, but I doubt the total would be cheaper than the NZ Premium Economy LHR-LAX.
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 7:21 pm

AF flies their 744 on their CDG-SFO route. It would be a short hop down to LAX from there. But, I hear NZ has a pretty good premium economey.
 
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 8:15 pm



Quoting CXfirst (Reply 1):
With BA you would have to buy a business class ticket, and when you do, you can make a choice of seats (either by calling their reservation center) or, IIRC, choose it online.

There is no preferred customer status for the upperdeck with LH and BA, just class of travel (although customer status would be required if you plan on upgrading).

Not true. On BA you need either a full fare business class ticket or hold oneworld Sapphire status in order to pre-assign seats. As the upper deck is a very popular option it is likely you won't be able to guarantee a seat upstairs, especially on a full-fare, elite heavy route like LHR-LAX.
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sat May 02, 2009 8:35 pm



Quoting Legacyins (Reply 5):
AF flies their 744 on their CDG-SFO route.

Now that's not a bad option at all! Do you have any info on how to pre-book the seat? Are there any restrictions regarding the Upper deck?

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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sun May 03, 2009 3:31 am



Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 6):
Not true. On BA you need either a full fare business class ticket or hold oneworld Sapphire status in order to pre-assign seats. As the upper deck is a very popular option it is likely you won't be able to guarantee a seat upstairs, especially on a full-fare, elite heavy route like LHR-LAX.

Sorry, my mistake. Its just that everytime I've flown BA business, I've gotten upperdeck (although I had BA Gold status, but didn't know that it mattered).

As for AF v NZ, I would chose NZ if I got a ticket for 995 Euros, unless AF was FAR cheaper. NZ prem Y is very good.

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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sun May 03, 2009 1:56 pm

NZ Premium Y is by far the most cost-effective way of flying in upper deck from LHR to LAX in reasonable comfort. You'd get the same meals and drinks as the Business Premier, and the configuration is 2-3 on the upper deck.
 
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Sun May 03, 2009 5:02 pm

I'm on the Upper Deck to LAX on BA on Saturday!!! yippeeeeee

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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Mon May 04, 2009 4:01 pm



Quoting Viscount724 (Reply 3):
Service was very good, and even AF meals were better than average.

 headache  AF has some of the best food on its flights. Were you that surprised that it was good?
 
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Tue May 05, 2009 6:18 pm



Quoting B777a340fan (Reply 11):
AF has some of the best food on its flights. Were you that surprised that it was good?

Look at the Air France First Class (apparently) meal offered and tell me that again.

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/trip-...391-my-year-first-class-meals.html

In fact, the majority of trip reports on AF F would reveal a comment or two about the poor food (alongside many other complaints).
 
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RE: How To Get The Upper Deck (LH/BA)

Wed May 06, 2009 12:12 am



Quoting Stargold (Reply 12):
In fact, the majority of trip reports on AF F would reveal a comment or two about the poor food (alongside many other complaints).

Not having flown AF in F I can't comment, but I havn't had any complaints in J and Y where I think AF service is fully competitive, at least with other transatlantic carriers from Europe. I normally prefer to avoid connecting at CDG when possible, but after a few recent AF flights, both longhaul and shorthaul, I have found their inflight service quite good. And once you get familiar with CDG, it's OK, certainly better than LHR.

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